Charlotte cop killer has last appeal denied

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

Appeals denied for man who shot, killed two Charlotte police officers:

In 2007 Demeatrius Montgomery shot and killed Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark in Charlotte, North Carolina. Montgomery was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He previously tried appealing his sentence stating that he received ineffective counsel and that he should have been ruled incompetent to stand trial. Thankfully those appeals were denied.

Most recently Montgomery had his last state funded appeal denied as well. The only way he can file any more appeals is if he fronts the money himself. Unless some generous benefactor comes to his aid I don’t see that happening.

Montgomery was spared the death penalty when an investigating officer threw out his notes regarding the case then reproduced them. Officers Shelton and Clark’s death sentences unfortunately still stand.

Possible appeal for Charlotte cop killer

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

Appeal possible in cop slayings:

Reports are saying that an appeal may be filed soon for convicted Charlotte cop killer Demeatrius Montgomery. In 2007 Montgomery shot and killed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark. Officers Clark and Shelton were responding to a domestic call and Montgomery was not involved with that call when killed the two officers.

The appeal is going to be based on the supposition that Montgomery should have been ruled incompetent to stand trial. Montgomery barely spoke to his own attorney and often refused to come out of his prison cell. The appeal is also going to make the accusation that the testimony of the officers’ widows was inappropriate. I guess killing two cops that had families isn’t inappropriate enough.

This is just another ploy for a twice convicted killer to spend the rest of his days in a mental facility rather than a state prison. Given the choice which one would you rather spend time in?

However the appeal may be for naught as the judge who presided over the trial stated that Montgomery’s silence will make it difficult to appeal.

UPDATE 5/16/2012: Appeal denied.

Demeatrius Montgomery found guilty

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

Emotional courtroom as Montgomery found guilty:

Lat last week here in Charlotte Demeatrius Montgomery was found guilty in the shooting deaths of CMPD officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark. He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. He was ruled ineligible for the death penalty after an improper handling of evidence by another CMPD officer.

Montgomery’s grandmother said that he was a ‘sweet boy’ and did not receive a fair trial.

I’m curious to see how he supposedly did not receive a fair trial and I’m guessing that we won’t have long to wait since an appeal is already underway. But again unfortunately Officers Clark and Shelton can not appeal their unwarranted death sentences.

Day 2 of Charlotte cop killer trial

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

It seems like the city of Charlotte is doing everything in their power to let the alleged killer of two of their own police officers walk away.

While the prosecution did present a witness that is said to have placed Demeatrius Montgomery at the scene where CMPD Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark were killed they also argued that Montgomery may have killed the officers because of rap music.

Seriously. They argued that one of the motivating factors that led Montgomery to kill the officers was because he listened to a rap song called “Murda Man” moments before he pulled the trigger. Is Tipper Gore running the prosecution or something?

Between this and the evidence being destroyed I’m almost ready to say that Montgomery has a 50/50 chance of walking out of the courtroom. Sadly this doesn’t surprise me when it concerns Charlotte’s revolving door justice system.

1st day of Charlotte cop killer trial

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

Officers’ wives testify in Montgomery murder trial:

Today was the first day in the trial of Demeatrius Montgomery. As you may know he’s accused of killing Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton.

Both of the slain officers’ wives testified today. According to the article it sounds like it could not have been any more emotional. However what I want to talk about is the opening arguments made by the defense attorney.

Montgomery’s attorney is claiming that three sets of DNA were found on the gun used to kill the CMPD officers but his DNA was not on the trigger. He’s also arguing that Montgomery could not have shot Officers Shelton and Clark because they were shot in the right side of the head and Montgomery is right-handed. Also he is claiming police bias since the evidence was processed in the CMPD labs.

A. His DNA is on the gun and he was the only one of the 3 at the scene.

B. It’s not impossible or hard for that matter to shoot with your left hand nor is it impossible to shoot someone in the right side of the head with your right hand.

C. who else is supposed to process the evidence since it was a murder investigation in their jurisdiction.

The defense attorney reminds me of a bad sitcom lawyer. Too bad the death penalty has been taken out of the equation.

Charlotte cop killer won’t get death penalty because of notes

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

CMPD Officers Shelton and Clark

Judge rules Montgomery won’t face death penalty:

As most of us who live in the Queen City know Demeatrius Montgomery is accused of shooting and killing Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton in 2007. Montgomery’s trial started this week in Charlotte.

In what should have been a perfect case of someone deserving the death penalty a judge ruled that Montgomery won’t dance with the needle because of a police officer’s notes. Officer Arvin Fant admitted that he had thrown out notes in regards to the investigation however he says that he re-wrote the notes to make them neater.

To me that sounds like no big deal but I am a mere civilian. If I have any readers that are in law enforcement I ask you is this really a big deal? Montgomery’s defense attorney wanted the charges dropped over this but what do you expect from a criminal defense attorney?

Comptentcy hearing delayed for accused Charlotte cop killer

Montgomery case on hold as expert unable to testify:

Alleged cop killer Demeatrius Montgomery was in court this week to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial in the shooting deaths of CMPD officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton here in Charlotte.

The defense is trying to argue that Montgomery is a paranoid schizophrenic. However the prosecution claims he has a case of faker-phrenia.

One of the defense’s psychiatrists says the 27-year-old is a paranoid schizophrenic and, as a result, isn’t communicating with his doctors or lawyers. However, prosecutors say Montgomery only acts that way around his doctors and attorneys and seems fine with his family.

However the hearing has been delayed because the defense’s last medical expert had a heart attack and is in the hospital.

It’s been two years since Officer’s Clark and Shelton were killed and were not even at trial yet. The sooner this scumbag gets executed the better off the world will be.

2 years since CMPD officers killed

Officers remembered 2 years after shooting:

Teen hailed as hero receiving death threats:

It’s been two years today since Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton were shot and killed. Their accused killer, Demeatrius Montgomery, still sits in a Raleigh prison. No word yet on when his trial will start.

Clark and Shelton were shot in the head, allegedly by Montgomery, after responding to a domestic disturbance call. Montgomery was not part of that call.

To make matters worse a man who tried to help the officers is now receiving death threats from the local scum in the area.

Then 18-year-old Steven McMickens tried to help Officers Clark and Shelton but to no avail. After hearing the story about McMickens donations came in that allowed him to pursue a college degree at Central Piedmont Community College. Now he’s completing his coursework on-line and may transfer to an out-of-state college. All for trying to help two dying police officers who left behind families.

You people who are making these threats make me sick. I can’t wait until your boy Montgomery gets strapped to the table in Raleigh and dances with the needle.

No gag order in cop killing trial

Gag order denied in police slayings:

Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston has denied the request from the defense to instill a gag order on the trial of Demeatrius Montgomery. Montgomery is accused of the shooting deaths of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark.

However Judge Montgomery said that the defense could renew their request if they feel the media is hurting Montgomery’s right to a fair trial.

I for one hope the media does not step out of line. I don’t want there to be any complications with this trial, whether or not Montgomery is convicted or not.

Gag order sought in Charlotte cop killings

Defense seeks gag order in police killings:

The defense attorney for accused Charlotte cop killer, Demeatrius Montgomery, is requesting a gag order on the proceedings in order to help Montgomery get a fair trial.

The lawyer, Duane Bryant, said such an order is necessary to preserve Montgomery’s right to a fair trial.

Montgomery, 25, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the March 31 fatal shootings of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark.

Prosecutors announced this month they would seek the death penalty against Montgomery.

“This case has been subjected to substantial, pervasive publicity,” Bryant wrote in his motion.

Bryant’s motion suggests that investigating officers are responsible for the publicity. The publicity, the defense lawyer said, includes the dissemination of inaccurate information and matters that would not be admitted into evidence at trial.

Bryant did not cite in his motion the information he claims is inaccurate or the matters he claims would not be allowed into evidence.

The funny thing is police and prosecutors have been very tight-lipped about this case. However if Mr. Bryant wants a gag order I say we give it to him. I want there to be no doubt if a conviction is eventually handed down.

Of course the press is falling all over themselves with righteous indignation.

Jon Buchan, a lawyer for the Observer, said Wednesday he will file an objection to the defense lawyer’s motion. He said a hearing date has not been set.

“The public is very interested in this case, and it should be,” said Observer Editor Rick Thames. “Two police officers lost their lives. A local resident is accused of killing them. All the more reason why this motion to conceal the judicial proceedings from the public should be denied.”

Thames said he knew of no inaccuracies in news coverage that could affect Montgomery’s ability to receive a fair trial. He also noted that the courts have the means to offset the potential effects of pretrial publicity, key among them the careful questioning of potential jurors.

Yes, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark did lose their lives. And as a community, which even includes you Charlotte Disturber, we should do everything within our power to ensure that the trial goes off without a hitch. If that means a gag order then so be it. I think the public will understand. I dare you to tell me that your appeal has nothing more to do with selling a few more papers.